Jemma grew up in Strathmerton in North-Eastern Victoria. She is currently taking a gap year working, studying and travelling in Italy. In 2017, she’ll make the move to Canberra to study Commerce & International Relations at the Australian National University.
Jemma’s Future: Goals & Plans
“I have been very lucky in that I have had many good teachers throughout my years, who genuinely cared for the success of their students. However, I became a Rural Youth Ambassador with the Country Education Project in Year 11, through which I was lucky enough to travel to Malaysia in 2015. This was the milestone event that solidified what I wanted to do after year 12.
My dream is to become an international lawyer or to work at an international consulate. My year in Italy is important to achieve this, as I need another language under my belt and to be exposed to life in Europe.”
“I could not have achieved the things I have without the support of my rural community. They encouraged and supported me, through thick and through thin. My community provided me a sense of purpose and identity.
Rural Education holds many challenges, many of which revolve around exposure. The lack of exposure is often to things such as career options, opportunities and dreams. Rural kids need to take every opportunity they can to open their eyes and explore the world beyond their small country town.”
"Dream big, aim high and anything is possible. Dreams are the foundations of success."